Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Captain William D. MacDougall, United States Naval Attaché in London
RECEIVED: 19 May, 1917. TO: Naval Attache No. 27017.
Please communicate the following to Admiral Sims, Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, European waters:-
The American Press Association printed news to the effect that the Admiralty has given official approval to the announcement that the United States Destroyers have arrived on your side. Please inform the Department at once if such announcement was actually made, and you were informed of it at the time. The American papers have consistently refrained from printing any news touching this subject, as the Department deemed itto be of prime importance to guard against its publication. It is believed that all future announcements concerning the movement of the United States ships should be made from the Department or at least simultaneously from London and Washington after the approval of the Navy Department has been secured.
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Source Note: CCy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.